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A Sooli p Weddi ng SparkleS I N the hI llS of Bel aI r
SUSTAINABLE
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Hits THE RED (GREEN) CARPET

CHER SPEAKS OUT
FOR ELEPHANTS
The TruTh uncovered
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James Franco (left) and Anne Hathaway (right) co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards® presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood &
Highland Center, and televised live as “The 83rd Annual Academy Awards®” on the ABC Television Network. credit: Bob D’ Amico / ABC
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2011
February/ March
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COVE R
06 Elephant’s Desolation
In The LA Zoo Is Covered
F E AT U R E D
10 Lucky Girls With Happy Hearts
12 A SOOLIP Wedding
20 Red Carpet Green Dress
34 Four Season’s Resort, Punta Mita
E NT E R TAI NME NT
18 The Director’s Panel at SBIFF
22 2011 Oscar
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28 The DOGTOOTH Effect
42 Theater Beat
L I F E S T Y L E
30 Spring Must-Haves
31 Getting To The Heart of Health
32 Cross Cultural Relations
32 Let’s Get Motivated
40 Hollywood’s Pampered Pooches
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From the Love that surrounds February to the Luck o’ March, we’re bringing you stories in this
issue that go from getting you to the heart of the matter to those who were lucky enough to
bring home the ultimate gold statue – OSCAR®!
We have spotlit some incredible individuals in this issue by sharing their love for the environment
and humanity. People like Cher – activist, speaking out for elephants walking the earth who
are held in captivity. Women like Suzy Amis Cameron – humanitarian, bringing sustainable
fashion to the bright lights of Hollywood. Philanthropists like, Christiana Thanos raising funds
and awareness for a Lucky Girls orphanage in India. And also, inspirations like Wanda Wen
– founder of A Soolip Wedding, bringing together bridal industry top experts and visionaries
who give us the frst look at what to expect for this season’s brides & grooms.
The glitz and glamour of the 83rd Academy Awards® hit Hollywood Blvd on February 27,
2011 and Hollywood Weekly takes you down the red carpet right into the Kodak Theater
where the winners were announced and highlights were captured on one of Hollywood’s
biggest nights of the year.
We’re also thrilled to debut our new health & ftness section featuring personal trainer, Sharon
Spyrs who, in this issue, shares how to keep a Healthy Heart. And we’re always excited to hear
from Jenny Werth who is spotlighting this year’s Spring ‘must haves’.
Our commitment to No Gossip ~ Strictly Entertainment is refected in every story we deliver.
We continue to seek fascinating people and stories in hopes to inspire our readers. Our goal is
to present you with stories that will captivate you and encourage you to live your dreams.
In addition to my role as senior editor at Hollywood Weekly, I am founder of INSPYRS, a
company based on showcasing the humanitarian efforts of talented individuals with a particular
focus on “inspyring” others to “Dream It ~ Live It ~ Inspyre It”. And that’s exactly the types of
stories we like to share with our Hollywood Weekly readers.
We hope you enjoy reading our February/March 2011 issue. It is our wish that the articles
inspire you to continue to strive for your dreams - within the entertainment industry or beyond.
We’d love to hear from you. You can fnd us on facebook and follow us on twitter or visit our
website at www.hollywoodweeklymagazine.com.
peace out & inspyre within,
Pamela Spyrs
Senior Editor
Senior Editor’s Note
Pamela & Zoi
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We’ve all heard the proverbial term ‘the elephant in the room,’ and we all know that means
there’s a huge ‘animal’ of an issue that everyone in the room is trying to avoid discussing.
But thanks to the efforts of some highly concerned A-list celebrities and animal activists,
there is fnally an elephant in the room that’s being exposed. You see there are hundreds of
elephants who suffer needlessly as they’re held in captivity in zoos and circuses around the
world. Perhaps not everyone is aware of the crisis, but Kat Kramer is ensuring that changes
through her powerful documentary “Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy.”
ELEPHANT’S DESOLATION IN
THE LA ZOO IS UNCOVERED!
Hollywood’s Sunset Gower Studios holds red-carpet
affair to share the truth about elephants held in captivity.
By Jenny WertH
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Sharon Spyrs with her nine-month
Boxers, Rocky & Balboa.
Lily Tomlin, Kat Kramer, Tippi Hedren and Cher
Billy Bob Thornton, Lily Tomlin, Melya Kaplan, Kat Kramer, Cher, Tippi Hendren and “The Elephant Man”, Chris Gallucci
Vincent De Paul and Guest
Paula Poundstone and Lily Tomlin Cher
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Some of Hollywood’s most iconic stars came out to Sunset Gower Studios
last week for the world premiere of the documentary that’s shedding some
very ugly light on an often ignored topic. Host committee members for the
flm, including Cher, Billy Bob Thornton, Lily Tomlin and Tippi Hedren all
spoke out about their involvement in a campaign to persuade zoos to close
their elephant exhibits and move the animals to much larger sanctuaries.
The campaign’s leader, Melya Kaplan, who is also the documentary’s
executive producer and founder of the non-proft Voices for the Animals
Foundation, joined forces with flm producer, Kat Kramer and director
Jacek Kropinski to chronicle the history of elephants in captivity. For Kat
Kramer’s third installment of her “Films That Change the World” series
she carefully choose “Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy.” Kramer
wanted to bring attention to the controversy surrounding the new $42
million elephant exhibit that just opened at the LA Zoo in December
2010. While the exhibit is larger, it provides only three acres for the
elephants to roam. But being confned to the ‘freedom’ of three or even
ten acres doesn’t even come close to solving the problem of elephant
confnement in zoos. Especially when you consider an elephant’s natural
instinct can be to walk up to one hundred miles per day.
“I wanted to create a think tank and get activists and the media together
to have a forum,” Kramer explained about the debut of her documentary.
“(Films) can inspire us to think and explore social issues. “The Cove”
made such an impact and I hoped to create something else that would
create the same impact,” Kramer said. Indeed she has created a work of
genius. After viewing the documentary, the picture becomes very clear
that keeping these endearing creatures in the confnes of captivity is simply
another form of torture. To watch an elephant be whipped by its trainer
so they can learn how to do ridiculous circus tricks is heart breaking. It’s
beyond words. It’s horrifc.
A pioneer in animal rights, Tippy Hedren said, “Parents should know not to
take their children to see elephants in zoos and circuses. There’s nothing
educational about seeing an elephant standing up on his legs.”
Do we really need to watch elephants in circus acts standing on their hind
legs? Is this really a form of entertainment, or are we merely mocking these
creature’s nature by training them to do outlandish tricks.
Cher is another host committee who is outraged at the treatment of
elephants. “(Imagine if) you were taken away from your family and keep
in solitary confnement… it’s miserable. And the elephants in zoos and
circuses are kept alone because if they were all together, (the trainers)
wouldn’t be able to control them.” She hopes the public learns the truth
about these endearing creatures. “An elephant is like a very large child, it
has the mentality of an eight-year-old. They want to live with their moms
and sibling and aunts. Children wouldn’t want to see them anymore if they
knew that they were going to be alone forever without their family and just
miserable.”
Cher explained that elephants love their relatives the same way humans
do; they mourn and miss their loved ones the same way humans do as well.
“It does so much damage just to put them in this confnement when there’s
really no reason for it. Something else could be done,” Cher said.
Animals are not any different from humans. We all have feelings. The
question is whether we choose to acknowledge that fact. At least we
know that at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood a revolution of change
is well underway.
“Our studios take an active role in supporting flmmakers by hosting
screenings, events, and networking opportunities. The eminent producer/
director Stanley Kramer spent most of his flm career on our Sunset
Gower lot during its run as Columbia Pictures. Many of his socially
conscious flms, including “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” were
flmed on our sound stages. His daughter Kat Kramer is continuing the
tradition of bringing attention to our social conscience through her Films
That Changed The World screening series. Last year at this time,
we helped her bring attention to a little known flm called “The Cove”
- which later earned an Oscar and brought worldwide attention to the
slaying of dolphins. And now, we had a successful red carpet turnout for
“Elephant and Man: A Litany of Tragedy.” Having Cher, Lily Tomlin, Billy
Bob Thornton, Ed Begly Jr., Tipi Hedren and so many other talented
celebrities come out and support this documentary brought its flmmakers
signifcant media attention,” Terri Melkonian, Vice President of Sales &
Marketing for Sunset Gower Studios and Advisory Board member of
Films That Changed The World said.
For more information or to help the campaign, please visit www.
vtfafoundation.org or call 310-392-5153. As the voice for animals, they are
devoted to creating respect and empathy for animals through education,
rescue, advocacy, and legislation. There are many ways to volunteer for
the foundation. But the change starts with you, please tell your animal-
loving friends to stop the insanity and allow these animals their inherent
right to enjoy their lives in freedom, instead of confned in jails for our
‘viewing enjoyment.’
“(Imagine if) you were taken away from your family and keep in solitary confnement…
it’s miserable. And the elephants in zoos and circuses are kept alone because if they
were all together, (the trainers) wouldn’t be able to control them.” - Cher
Vincent De Paul and Guest
Cher
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n a village, far from the bright lights of Hollywood, over a hundred girls live at
an orphanage in India that is flled with love, hope and luck. Who are these
girls? Where did they come from? How is it they were left as orphans? These
questions fll the minds of many every time Christiana Thanos’ flm The Lucky Girls
Movie is watched.
Theotokos Greek Orthodox Girls Orphanage is in Bakeswar, a village located
outside of Calcutta, India. The current Bishop of Madagascar, Ignatios and Sister
Nectaria Paradisi, the orphanage’s current director, started the orphanage in 1999.
The orphanage provides food, shelter, love and education for over 100 Indian girls.
In the past year, it has adopted twenty-eight girls, sent four to college and opened a
boys’ orphanage.
Christiana thanos (Creator and Producer of The Lucky Girls Movie) has been
a volunteer for the Girls Orphanage since 2004. Producing Lucky Girls has
allowed her to share the vision of the orphanage with philanthropists, flmmakers and
individuals from around the world. She received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA
and her master’s in social work from Columbia University. Currently, she works in
development at the USC School of Social Work.
A day doesn’t go by that Thanos is not thinking of new ways to raise funds for the
orphanage; while raising awareness of the great need of food and supplies the girls
have. Consistent outreach and education to others informing them of the incredible
girls that exist at this orphanage is at the forefront of Thanos’ every day activities.
Recently winning a video contest conducted by The Girl Effect, The Lucky Girls
are honored and getting amazing exposure worldwide. Based on winning the contest
The Lucky Girls Movie has earned a permanent spot on The Girl Effect. YouTube
channel. How lucky are they and how lucky are we to be able to view it anytime we
like?
The Lucky Girls Movie production team recently announced its Lenten campaign,
“4,000 Raindrops” which is an effort to raise $4,000 in 40 days and will continue
through the end of April 2011. Funds raised will go towards the purchase of a water
well for the orphanage. The campaign will utilize the Lucky Girls movie - a short
documentary about the orphanage - as well as social media outlets as tools for young
adults and youth to fundraise.
“My hope for this campaign is for it to be a drop of inspiration to encourage youth
and young adults to take everyday activities and ask themselves, ‘how can I make this
into something that can help others?’ ” –Christiana Thanos (Creator and Producer
of The Lucky Girls Movie)
Amongst numerous events being held in support of the campaign, there is a “not-
Lucky Girls With Happy Hearts
An Orphanage Built with Love and Filled with Lucky Girls
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Lucky Girls! The Los Angeles Greek Night on March 25th will celebrate Greek
Independence Day and give a percentage of each ticket sale to the 4,000 Raindrops
Campaign. The event is set to take place at Club Nokia Lounge – the newest and
hottest venue in Downtown LA.
In addition to building a water well for the orphanage, the campaign’s purpose is
to garner widespread support to fundraise for the orphanage in small, affordable
amounts towards a tangible cause. The Lucky Girls production team will utilize social
networking by tweets and facebook posts sharing information on all the individuals
and communities involved. The goal is to create an online platform for a community
dedicated to social change. The campaign targets families who will participate in this
campaign as an opportunity to educate their children on poverty, as it exists today
in developing countries and respond in ways that can alleviate these challenging
conditions. The campaign also seeks to gain involvement of young adults by providing
them with innovative programs that can be easily shared through their social networking
tools. Such a program will allow youths the opportunity to raise funds in honor of
their birthday by asking friends and family to donate to the orphanage in lieu of a
birthday gift. Additionally, the campaign hopes to include business communities by
offering restaurants and businesses an option to market a product or service by giving
a percentage of their sales to the orphanage. Another option to help raise awareness
and funds for the “4,000 Raindrops” campaign is to host a beneft screening of Lucky
Girls Movie in your home, church, university or school! Contact us so that we may
provide you tools to make it successful and fun! (www.theluckygirlsmovie.com)
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Something old, Something new ~ Something Borrowed, Something SOOLIP
Here Comes
The Bride
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BY PAMELA SPYRS
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A Krista Jon Couture Designs Bridal Bouquet
t’s that time of year again when brides and grooms-to-be, wedding planners and those
looking to be inspired gather under one roof to experience the best of the best in all
things wedding. Anybody who’s anyone knows A Soolip Wedding is where they can
fnd the bridal industry’s top experts and visionaries who will give them the frst look as to
what to expect that is fresh this season.
Founder of Soolip Paperie & Press and A Soolip Wedding, Wanda Wen, started her
business nearly 15 years ago out of a life long passion she had (and still has!) for the paper
arts, letter-writing and the simple pleasures of life. Her approach to life is to live each day
with beauty and inspiration, to be resourceful, to respect each other and our earth, and
learn to see the beauty in simplicity. Her frst book, The Art of Gift Wrapping, has just
been published. The word “Soolip” has its heritage in the Chinese language, meaning,
“One’s life destiny is to seek wisdom.” Soolip is also Wanda’s middle name.

On February 16, 2011 A Pre-Soolip Wedding roundtable took place at the beautiful
Claire Pettebone Salon in Beverly Hills, California. Moderated by Wendy Wen, it
included industry experts: Claire Pettibone of Claire Pettibone Couture Bridal, Krista
Jon Levandofsky of Krista Jon Couture Designs, Leigh Grode of Cake Divas, Tiffany
Emch of Ojai Valley Inn, Alessandro Serni of Terranea Resort, Yuki Sharoni of Yuki
Sharoni Beauty & Lifestyle, Jacqueline Foster of Wayne Foster Entertainment, Marly
Majcher of The Party Goddess and Denise Ritchie of Bu’s Blend/Malibu Compost.
There was a special appearance and frst hand insight from bride du jour Allison Kornberg
of The Los Angeles Times Magazine, whose followers of her blog, Plan My Wedding, are
assisting her in choosing the essential elements for her wedding.
Additionally, A Soolip Wedding introduced its newest initiative this year, The Couple’s
Garden. A newly engaged couple is encouraged to plant an edible or foral garden,
thereby sowing the seeds of their marriage and then to share the bounty with their friends
and family at their wedding celebration. (www.healinggroundsnursery.com)

Soolip organically metamorphosed from its origin, as an enchanting paper boutique in
West Hollywood, to an established lifestyle brand. Wanda Wen’s signature discerning
taste and vision to create a stylish gathering of all things beautiful for one of life’s most
exciting moments – the wedding – gave birth to A Soolip Wedding in 1999. “By evoking
all of the senses in one afternoon, couples leave truly inspired with their wedding planning
galvanized,” says Wanda Wen, creative visionary of A Soolip Wedding and Founder of
Soolip.
Celebrating its 12th year, this annual celebration presents a distinctive and well-edited
collection of personally selected resources for the discriminating modern bride and groom
seeking a wedding refective of their contemporary and refned tastes. “A Soolip Wedding
is a visual feast,” comments Alexia Haidos, President of Double A Public Relations &
Marketing who has represented the event on and off since its inception. “What I fnd
most fascinating about it, is the attendee who returns (even after being married), just to
get a dose of inspiration.”
With the passionate and tasteful guidance of Ms. Wen and producers Erica Jade Ahlin
and Brooke Barnes Zipperman, A Soolip Wedding elevates the art of getting married
to an extraordinary affair in itself. It has grown into every bride and groom’s must-attend
event before their big day. Previous partners have included Harry Winston, Monique
Lhuillier, Christofe, St. Regis, Bacara Resort & Spa, Frette, Tiffany & Co., Williams-
Sonoma, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera and Jo Malone. A Soolip Wedding will
launch in San Francisco this year on March 20 with an inaugural event at the Bently
Reserve, with forthcoming events in Chicago, Dallas and New York on the horizon. For
more information visit www.asoolipwedding.com
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A Claire Pettibone Couture Design A heavenly letterpress wedding invitation by Soolip Paperie and Press
L to R (back row):
Tiffany Emch-Ojai Valley Inn, Krista Jon Levandofsky- Krista Jon Couture Designs, Marly
Majcher- The Party Goddess, Wanda Wen-Sooip & A Soolip Wedding, Pierino Jermonti
and Christian Schmidt- Terranea, Yuki Sharoni -Yuki Sharoni Lifestyle & Beauty
L to R (front row)
Jacqueline Foster-Wayne Foster Entertainment, Claire Pettibone-Claire Pettibone Bridal
Couture, Allison Kornberg-LA Times Magazine & Plan My Wedding blog, Denise Ritchie-
Bu’s Blend Malibu Compost, Leigh Grode-Cake Divas
photo: Jen O’Sullivan
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A SOOLIP WEDDING
Sparkles In the Hills of Bel Air
BY PAMELA SPYRS
A Claire Pettibone Couture Design
Bridal Bouque by Krista Jon Couture Design
Wanda Wen (Founder - A Soolip Wedding)
Wedding Cake by Cake Divas
Dresses by Claire Pettibone Couture Design
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he sun was shining bright as hundreds gathered at the Bel Air Bay Club for a day
flled with A Soolip Wedding’s delights & delicacies. Stunning brides were walking
through the crowds modeling elegant bridal dresses designed by Claire Pettibone.
Concurrently, delicious wedding cake and decadent treats, created by Cakes Divas, were
being savored and sassy specialty drinks were being shaken up by VEEV, a acai spirit
while the beat of the Wayne Foster Band rocked the entire venue.
Comments were overheard by brides-to-be saying, “I want those favors at my wedding”,
“That foral bouquet by Krista Jon is stunning”, “Did you see that cake designed by the
Cakes Divas? Amazing! ”, “I want Claire Pettibone to design my wedding dress. Her
work is absolutely incredible!” “I want to plant a garden inspired by The Couple’s Garden
for our wedding.”
Love was in the air and there was no stopping these brides-to-be and future grooms from
collecting every business card and tasting all the yummy delights from each perfectly
created display. And speaking of displays, Krista Jon Couture Designs created some of
the most exquisite ones I’ve ever seen utlizing Archive Vintage Rentals. (www.kristajon.
com)
Every fower was perfectly placed within each designed booth of her unique collection
of vintage fxtures and accents. From antique couches, to rustic chairs and elegant vases
everything thing looked picture perfect.
Not a display, cake, nor fower went un-photographed. Jen O’Sullivan and her team of
professional photographers were running around clicking away and capturing the beauty
of every moment enjoyed by the attendees.
Attendees left with “re-usable brown bags”, provided by Bloomingdales, flled with
multiple delights to indulge themselves in a pre-wedding haven.
For more information on A Soolip Wedding go to: www.asoolipwedding.com
Wanda Wen (Founder - A Soolip Wedding) with event producers Brooke Barnes Zipperman and Erica Jade Ahlin
Healing Grounds Nursey ~ Certifed Organic www.healinggroundnursery.com
Wanda Wen (Founder - A Soolip Wedding)
Wedding Cake by Cake Divas
Jen O’Sullivan Photography Display
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Love was in the air and there was no
stopping these brides-to-be and future
grooms from collecting every business card
and tasting all the yummy delights from
each perfectly created display
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he sun shone brightly as I pulled up to the 26th Annual Santa Barbara
International Film Festival which ran Jan 27th - Feb. 6th 2011, showcasing
more than 170 flms. What’s the difference between this festival and all the
others? In Santa Barbara you can smell the salt air and feel the ocean breeze as you
exit one beautiful dark theatre and enter another dressed in Spanish Colonial revival
style architecture. I was also fascinated to learn that this city housed the world’s largest
movie studio during the silent flm era before the industry migrated to Hollywood.
And here I was, driving back to Santa Barbara from Hollywood to watch flms.
I was joining Terri Melkonian, a Vice President at Sunset Gower Studios, and actor
Dave Alpay along with Larry Laboe, founder of NewFilmmakers LA, for a weekend
of fun and flms.
We arrived just in time for the “Directors on Directing” Panel on Saturday morning
which was this year once again moderated by former studio head, now Variety
columnist, Peter Bart. Directors in attendance were Darren Aronofsky (Black
Swan), Charles Ferguson (Inside Job), Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Tom Hooper
(The King’s Speech), David O. Russell (The Fighter) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3).
Quite an impressive bunch!
As the questions got under way, they wavered between the personal and the
professional. At one point, Bart focused in on how most of the flms were made on
lean budgets, except for Toy Story 3! But the consensus among all seemed to be that
the smaller the budget, the more freedom the directors are given. Ferguson noted
that he had budget restraints for the Inside Job, however he was blessed with being
given “fnal cut”. He saw this as an invaluable facet because he was able to retain
control over his vision for the flm, regardless of budget. Hooper, who made “The
King’s Speech” for 14 million, a very good budget for a British production, noted
that, “You’re under a lot of scrutiny when you’re working with a good budget.” This
U.K. flm is about the profound stammer suffered by King George VI before his
accession to the throne. Interestingly enough, the idea to make The King’s Speech
came from Hooper’s mother. “I happened to know about it only because my mother is
Australian, and she was invited along by some Aussie friends to a theatre in London
to see a reading of an unproduced play. It was called The King’s Speech. And my
mum had never been to a play reading in her life.” His mother then called her director
son telling him she found his next movie. In this case, it shows that mothers do know
best!
Debra Granik, who shot the critically acclaimed Winter’s Bone on an independent
budget of $2 million added, “In the independent flm world there’s a huge
transformation. I don’t think the same issues of dealing with huge sums of money and
wondering if they’re going to lose their shirt because someone is afraid that the story
will only appeal to women apply. It gives you way more freedom. You’ve got your close
colleagues - who’s not supporting you? You have to go with people who want to go
with you.” David O’Russell told of his experiences of working with a tight crew and
the added blessings from the citizens of Lowell, Massachusetts where the story is set.
“These people’s lives are changed by this. It’s a beautiful thing for them and that’s all I
can ask for. I am so happy people like this movie. I am so happy the people of Lowell
like the movie!” Initially, actor and producer Mark Wahlburg had given The Fighter to
Darren Oronofsky to direct. After making The Wrestler, Oronofsky said he wanted
to now make a different type of movie “something totally different, a story about ballet.
The Fighter was too close to The Wrestler for me and I didn’t want to do another
flm like that right away again” he added. He then passed the script on to David O.
Russell and said “the movie that David made is different then the movie I would have
made, so it all worked out at the end for David.”
Unkrich, whose flm “Toy Story 3,” the third animated feature in the history of the
Oscars to be nominated for best picture, said he was very honored that the festival
had the wisdom to put an animation director on the panel! He didn’t always feel this
way though, during the laborious production of the successful Pixar franchise, “I woke
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up for one and a half months throwing up every day because I was scared I was going
to be known as “the guy who made the crappy sequel.” Funny coming from someone
who developed such a sharp storyline. Unkrich noted that he spent two and a half
years working on the story. “I mean, we were designing the world and taking care of
many other things too, but the story was the main focus. So when you have that much
time, the little call backs, seeds that were planted earlier, the richness of the story, it
happens slowly over time. If you want the audience to feel a lot of emotion at the end
of the flm, you don’t get that for free. You have to go back and fnd the perfect scenes
to insert the germs of the ideas and nurture them. On the other hand, the danger with
working on something too long is also that it can become a mess!”
2010’s best pictures also nurtured very memorable performances. When I asked
Aronofsky if he was surprised by the success of Black Swan, he said he was absolutely
thrilled. “I don’t push actors. I remind them to remember why they started acting,” he
commented. Aronofsky was responsible for guiding Natalie Portman’s physical and
internal transformation in “Black Swan.” With only half the budget he was looking
for (13 million dollars) and a breezy shooting schedule, the director fought for the
audience to believe that Portman, who trained for close to a year, was in fact a trained
ballerina. This is no small feat. David O’Russell spoke about how he liked to go against
type casting when it came to actors. “When casting Christian Bale, I knew that he
had never played this type of outgoing persona. But Bale just disappeared into the
character.” We also discovered that originally, Matt Damon was to play Christian’s
character and he opted out due to a scheduling problem.
Towards the end, Bart asked a funny question about the length of Oscar speeches
and the endless names that get mentioned to which Charles Ferguson, director of
The Inside Job, quipped, “I must give thanks to Sony Picture Classics for not being
loose with the dollar which kept our crew very small which makes it very easy to thank
people because there’s not that many people to thank!” Debra Granik pointed out
that “collaborative” might be the operative word “A flm by -” I don’t appreciate that
term. One time I saw a flm where in the credits it said “Film by” and then there was a
colon after which appeared the names of everybody that had been involved in making
that flm. That felt appropriate. That felt real. There’s not a flmmaker that makes a
flm alone. When asked about award speeches, Granik added, “It’s a gratitude that
hurts. You spend a year trying to give it back. The thanks comes from this kind of
desperate attempt to pay it back. Your emails are always scrambling for the right
words. It’s an awkward position to be in.” Hooper felt it was appropriate to thank
so many people as there are those that never get the chance to be on stage. And
O. Russell concluded with, “I want to thank a gazillion people. Even though when
I’m watching, I know I glaze over that part. I just want to speak from the heart and let
those people know that I love them. I always try to remember that but end up having
more of a spontaneous reaction.”
As the questions came to a close, it occurred to me what a grind it must be for some
of these guys to appear on panel after panel, answering the same questions during
awards season. In fact, a running joke emerged between Aronofsky and Hooper.
Aronfosky said that he and Hooper had been on so many panels together that they
can play each other and answer one another’s questions! And they made jocular
quips throughout, impersonating each other.
Later that evening, the big event took place at the Lobero Theater with it’s gorgeous
interior reminiscent of a classic Opera House with cozy box seats overlooking the
stage. If you looked above, there was even a painted sky with sparkling stars – giving
you a feeling you were sitting in the outdoors! And when I looked ahead, it was
pretty amazing for me to see Nicole Kidman walking down the red carpet, looking as
beautiful as she does on screen. Although she looked incredible in her dress, I felt
bad that she had to juggle a swarm of reporters in the brisk, Santa Barbara night air.
With the festival recognizing her with the Cinema Vanguard Award and riding off
her acclaimed, heart-wrenching performance in “Rabbit Hole,” I asked Kidman what
it was like to work on a flm that was adapted from a stage play and how the process
was different. “We were very fortunate in the way that David Lindsay-Abaire had
written the play so that it made it easy to adapt and he knew exactly how to open it
up for the cinema, which is unusual that it would happen so fuently. He had it in his
body, his mind and his soul. So whether he was doing it for the stage or the screen, it
didn’t matter. He knew how to do it.”
At the fnal awards breakfast on Sunday morning at the famed Fess Parker Doubletree
Resort, eleven winners were announced, each taking home $2500. Added to the six
celebrity-night tributes — which included Annette Bening, James Franco, Geoffrey
Rush, Nicole Kidman, 14-year old Thousand Oaks acting phenom Hailee Steinfeld,
and director Christopher Nolan, the festival really out did itself in the rich and multi-
faceted line up this year.
Before I left, I had the opportunity to speak to some spunky new flmmakers, Molly
Stroud and Lauren Parsekian, whose flm “Finding Kind” had a world premiere at
the festival. This flm was initiated through their middle school experiences and they
thought the documentary format was right for this project. They traveled around the
country and went to High Schools to talk to girls about women issues and female
relationships, bullying, and how girls treat one another. “Our flm defnitely focuses
on girls and the feeling that goes on between females. Our hope is that people walk
away, both men and women, with a broader message for human beings to be kinder.
We’re living through some tough times right now and we really need to band together
and realize we’re not as different.” What a great message! You can learn more about
their fascinating project at: www.fndingkind.com.
A common thread of advice given to new flmmakers was that like “Finding Kind,”
the story you tell must be a personal one for it to stand out. Darren Aronofsky said it
best, “As a frst time flmmaker, make a flm that only you can tell. That’s the big secret,
tell your own stories. Because that’s all you have to offer. Each time you try to tell a
story from the middle – it rarely works.” Debra Granik, director of “Winter’s Bone”
suggested that New Filmmakers “should be doing something in a place you know well
or a place that intrigues you. Just go for a story that you can use a huge amount of a
physical environment to fll out the richness and the details of the story.”
The festivals closed with the world premiere of Georges Bizet’s popular opera 3D
viewing of “Carmen in 3D” directed by Julian Napier, the frst time an opera has been
flmed and shown in state-of-the-art digital 3D, co-produced by the Royal Opera
House. The flm was shown in the historic Arlington Theater, yet another beautiful
theater in the heart of historic Santa Barbara. For more information on the festival,
visit www.sbiff.org. For information on New Filmmakers go to: www.newflmmakersla.
com.
Bianca Bagatourian is a playwright and producer currently living somewhere on the
west coast. www.biancabagatourian.com
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he winning “Red Carpet Green Dress” was revealed and it’s sustainably gorgeous!
Suzy Amis Cameron (Founder) offcially unveiled the winner (Samata Angel) –
and her design – at the red (green) carpet 8th annual, star-studded Global Green
pre-Oscar® party held on February 23, 2011. The event was held in the electrifying chic
Avalon Theater where people danced the night away in support of fnding solutions to
climate change.
“We must all work together to fnd solutions to climate change. I started Red Carpet
Green Dress not only to beneft MUSE School CA and MUSE Global, but to show
that sustainable design can also be beautiful. All of us wear clothing, and buying clothes
that aren’t energy intensive and don’t use toxic dyes is one way we can reduce our impact.
Samata Angel’s incredible gown is proof that exquisite design and sustainability can come
together,” said Suzy Amis Cameron.

The Red Carpet Green Dress contest (www.redcarpetgreendress.com) is an international
competition, benefting MUSE School CA and MUSE Global, to create a dress made
of sustainable materials. The 2011 winner, Samata Angel, a London-based fashion
entrepreneur was fown to Los Angeles to have her own model walk the “red” (green)
carpet at the Global Green pre- Oscar® party.
2011 Red Carpet Green Dress winner Samata Angel said, “It has been an honor to walk
the green carpet with Suzy and James, two environmental pioneers who are an absolute
inspiration. To have an incredible model, Aine Rose Campbell-He, wear the dress was
the icing on the cake. The Red Carpet Green Dress experience is a dream realized.
To design a gorgeous dress made entirely of sustainable silks and dyes, and see it in this
glamorous Hollywood setting, is truly a memorable moment in my career.”
Suzy and James Cameron spoke about their passion for creating green schools and healthy
learning environments for kids. The Red Carpet Green Dress competition supports
MUSE Global and MUSE School California, a non-proft Amis Cameron founded
along with her sister, Rebecca Amis, to provide resources to partner schools around the
world. This includes assistance for basic school operations, curriculum development, and
nutritious lunches for every student.
More than 1400 people were in attendance at this star-dazzled event featuring musical
performances by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Best Coast, and Portugal. The Man.
“Greener Cities for a Cooler Planet” was the theme of the evening, which benefted
Global Green’s initiatives to promote smart solutions to climate change by creating
healthy, green communities.
Celebrity supporters in attendance included James & Suzy Amis Cameron, Maggie
Grace, Roland Emmerich, Alison Brie, Radha Mitchell, Dennis Haysbert, Enrique
Murciano, James Van Der Beek, Frances Fisher, Daphne Zuniga, as well as Oscar
nominee Lucy Walker (Wasteland).
Global Green also unveiled their Model Carbon City Index tool. A frst of its kind Web
tool, it is designed to benchmark cities efforts to reduce carbon emissions and motivate
citizens to advocate for smart climate policies at the local level.
“Cities account for 70% of carbon emissions worldwide. The Carbon City Index will
create an engaged group of activists that hold public offcials accountable for their city’s
carbon emissions and drive lasting and impactful greenhouse gas policy changes across
the U.S.,” said Matt Petersen, Global Green’s President and CEO.
Celebrities walking the Green Carpet were some of the frst to try The Carbon City
Index, a model carbon pollution index for the city of Los Angeles. The City Carbon Index
is envisioned to be similar to the Smog index, however, in addition to grading Los Angeles
on its efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Global Green is launching a campaign for
Angelenos (and citizens in cities across the country) to advocate for smart climate policies
within their own cities while changing their own behavior to reduce carbon pollution. Since
cities are responsible for more than 70% of global warming emissions, cities are a critical
solution to our climate crisis and help promote the initiative to a global audience.
For the second year, Global Green USA featured the new Chevy Volt electric vehicle
with extended range. While some celebrity guests were driven to the event in Chevy
Volts, all celebrity guests were treated to an up-close and personal look at the vehicle
alongside the green carpet. The Chevy Volt is an electric car that offers a total driving
range of up to 379 miles. With a full charge, the Chevy Volt can provide between 25 –
50 miles of pure electric, emissions-free driving.
Additional featured event sponsors this year included Planters that debuted their
biodiesel powered Nut Mobile, Pureology which is also sponsoring Global Green’s
National Green School Makeover Competition as well as LA Car Guy, 360 Vodka,
Caroma, Essentia, Newton Vineyard, Arta Tequila, Offce Depot, LAcarGuy, Play
Outdoors, Revo, Kiehl’s and Sunset Marquis. In-Kind Sponsors include PopRule, Slate
PR, Strauss Radio Strategies and Clean Agency.
Global Green USA, the American arm of former Soviet President Gorbachev’s Green
Cross International, was founded by Diane Meyer Simon in 1993. For the past seven
years, Global Green has collaborated with the Hollywood community to raise global
awareness of Smart Climate Solutions. This includes, but is not limited to celebrities
driving green cars to the Oscars, to creating affordable green homes and schools, buying
green products, and voting for green political leaders. Global Green is the only national
environmental group headquartered in Southern California and has offces in New
Orleans, New York City and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.
globalgreen.org
Sustainable Fashion Hits
The Red (Green) Carpet
2011 Red Carpet Green Dress Revealed
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Founder - RCGD Suzy Amis Cameron, 2011 RCGD winner Samata Angel, and model Aine
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Photographer & GG USA Board member Sebastian Copeland, actress Suzy Amis Cameron, director/producer James
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he 83rd Annual Academy Awards® held on Sunday, February 27, 2011 was an entertaining escapade flled with satisfying surprises and anticipated moves.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway, the two young hosts of the show, were dressed to impressed and lead the festivities by bringing in a bit of novel humor
to the evening.
The show opened with co-hosts Hathaway and Franco inserted into a montage of scenes from best-picture nominees, built as a series of dream sequences
reminiscent of “Inception”. The footage included such guests as Morgan Freeman and last year’s Oscar co-host Alec Baldwin. Franco started off telling Hathaway
how beautiful she looked. Hathaway shot back with, “You look very appealing to a younger demographic, as well.”
The Oscar results were, on the most part, predictable and the winners well deserved. Some saying the results weren’t much of a surprise. Bringing home a nice
group of gold statuettes was The King’s Speech, clocking in with four wins.
Melissa Leo (The Fighter) was the favorite for Best Supporting Actress, despite her ferce competition she ended up with the award. Appearing completely
stunned, Leo fought back tears as she delivered her out of the ordinary acceptance speech. At one point, she looked up in awe and said, “Golly, there’s people up
there too?”
Christian Bale walked away with Best Supporting Actor for his dynamic role as the crack-addicted, has-been boxer Dicky Eklund in The Fighter. Bale thanked
many, including his daughter, as he said she “has taught me more than I can teach her.”
Natalie Portman was presented with the award for Best Actress for her riveting performance as Nina in Black Swan. She was blissful, accepting the award teary-
eyed, as she took the time to mention the unsung heroes that assisted her in the role that she knocked out of the park. Portman paid tribute to her fellow nominees
by saying, “Thank you so much. This is insane, and I truly, sincerely wish that the prize tonight was to get to work with my fellow nominees. I’m so in awe of you.”
For Best Actor, Colin Firth rightfully took home his well-deserved Academy Award for his leading role in The King’s Speech. No surprises here and not too many
people wanted one. Firth played the stuttering, unsteady, sympathetic King George VI to perfection. “I have a feeling my career’s just peaked,” Firth said as he
accepted his award. “I’m afraid I have to warn you that I’m experiencing stirrings somewhere in the upper abdominals which are threatening to form themselves into
dance moves.”
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and David Fincher (The Social Network) were the top favorites for Best Director, but Hooper swept the award away that night.
Out of the many thanks he gave, he acknowledged his mother for infuencing him to take on the task of directing The King’s Speech and ended his time on stage
saying, “The moral of the story is listen to your mother.”
The race for Best Picture was a close match between the two main heavyweights—The King’s Speech and The Social Network—though there was no real lock in
this category. The King’s Speech, though having lost the Golden Globe® Best Motion Picture Drama to The Social Network, was crowned best picture making
it night of royalty.
And that’s a wrap! See you at the Oscars® next year – You’re Invited!
“THE KING’S SPEECH”
RECEIVES ROYAL TREATMENT
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WINNERS & HIGHLIGHTS FROM
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Best Picture
“Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott
Franklin, Producers
“The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
“Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan,
Producers
“The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and
Celine Rattray, Producers
“The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and
Gareth Unwin, Producers
“127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John
Smithson, Producers
“The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael
DeLucaandCeánChaffn,Producers
“Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
“True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen,
Producers
“Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin,
Producers
Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
James Franco in “127 Hours”
Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”
Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”
Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”
Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich
Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland” Production Design: Robert
Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Production
Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
“Inception” Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set
Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
“The King’s Speech” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set
Decoration: Judy Farr
“True Grit” Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set
Decoration: Nancy Haigh
Cinematography
“Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
“Inception” Wally Pfster
“The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen
“The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit” Roger Deakins
Costume Design
“Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
“I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
“The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan
“The Tempest” Sandy Powell
“True Grit” Mary Zophres
Directing
“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter” David O. Russell
“The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper
“The Social Network” David Fincher
“True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Documentary (Feature)
“Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
“Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
“Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
“Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley
Winners and Nominees for the
83rd Academy Awards®
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Documentary (Short Subject)
“Killing in the Name” Jed Rothstein
“Poster Girl” Sara Nesson and Mitchell W. Block
“Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
“Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
“The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas
Lennon
Film Editing
“Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
“The Fighter” Pamela Martin
“The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar
“127 Hours” Jon Harris
“The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
Foreign Language Film
“Biutiful” Mexico
“Dogtooth” Greece
“In a Better World” Denmark
“Incendies” Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria
Makeup
“Barney’s Version” Adrien Morot
“The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and
Yolanda Toussieng
“The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Music (Original Score)
“How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
“Inception” Hans Zimmer
“The King’s Speech” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Music (Original Song)
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by
Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric
by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by
Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3” Music and
Lyric by Randy Newman
Short Film (Animated)
“Day & Night” Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let’s Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey
Diary)” Bastien Dubois
Short Film (Live Action)
“The Confession” Tanel Toom
“The Crush” Michael Creagh
“God of Love” Luke Matheny
“Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
Sound Editing
“Inception” Richard King
“Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
“True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
“Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger
Sound Mixing
“Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed
Novick
“The King’s Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John
Midgley
“Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and
William Sarokin
“The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael
Semanick and Mark Weingarten
“True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F.
Kurland
Visual Effects
“Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey
Villegas and Sean Phillips
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John
Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
“Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky
and Joe Farrell
“Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew
Lockley and Peter Bebb
“Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel
Sudick
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John
Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik &
Anne Rosellini
Writing (Original Screenplay)
“Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy &
Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy &
Eric Johnson
“Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart
Blumberg
“The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David
Seidler

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AND THE OSCAR®
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Colin Firth accepts the Oscar® for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his role in “The
King’s Speech” during the live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy
Awards® from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, February 27, 2011.
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Sherman, Iain Canning, Gareth Unwin accept the award during the live ABC
Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® from The
Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 27, 2011.
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The live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy
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photo credit: Ivan Vejar / ©A.M.P.A.S
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Colin Firth, Oscar®-nominee for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,
Helena Bonham Carter, Oscar®-nominee for Performance by an Actress in a
Supporting Role, Tim Burton, Javier Bardem, Oscar®-nominee for Performance
by an Actor in a Leading Role, Penelope Cruz,Michelle Williams, Oscar®-
nominee for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Busy Philipps,
Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry attend the live ABC
Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® from the
Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, February 27, 2011.
photo credit: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.
Natalie Portman accepts the Oscar® for Performance by an Actress in a Leading
Role for her role in “Black Swan” during the live ABC Television Network
broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® from the Kodak Theatre in
Hollywood, CA Sunday, February 27, 2011.
photo credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.
Melissa Leo, Oscar® winner for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in “The Fighter”; Christian Bale, Oscar® winner for
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in “The Fighter”; Colin Firth, Oscar® winner for Performance by an Actor in a Leading
Role for his role in “The King’s Speech”; and Natalie Portman, Oscar® winner for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her role in “Black
Swan” backstage during the live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Awards® from the Kodak Theatre in
Hollywood, CA Sunday, February 27, 2011.
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a risk that has the potential to eventually isolate
children from realities of the word. The hazards
of home-schooling are tested in the uncompromisingly
dark Greek comedy “Dogtooth,” about a family so
dysfunctional it appears is if they are living in a far away
land unknown to mankind.
A controlling father (Christos Stergioglou) and his
submissive wife (Michele Valley) forbid their three
children to leave their gated home by keeping them
captive and in constant fear of the outside world.
The time comes when the son (Hristos Passalis) and
his sisters (Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni) begin to
experience hormone-fueled feelings, which leads to
some unusual exploring.
The father attempts to handle the situation by arranging
erotic relations between the boy and a “on loan” security
guard (Anna Kalaitzidou), but the result is almost too
detached to qualify as sexual.
Another disturbing angle of the flm are the numerous
lies and distorted defnitions that make up the children’s
educational program. They’re taught to bark like dogs,
to fear “man-eating cats” and another brother that
remains unseen throughout the flm. Their lessons
include listening to tape recordings, which teach them
an alternative vocabulary.
It has been stated this quite possibly is the most obscure
flm to receive an Academy Award® nomination.
Though this 2010 nominee for best foreign-language
flm lost the Oscar to Denmark’s “In a Better World,”
it may very well have a longer life span as a late night
movie.
This flm has had enormous exposure in multiple
countries creating a strong bond flled with Hellenic
pride within the respective Greek communities gaining
an outpour of support worldwide. Its connection to the
Greeks in Hollywood began when Dogtooth made its
LA Premier at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival in
June of 2010. “LAGFF took the flm under it’s wing
and believed in it’s Oscar® capability, when no one else
did,” says Ersi Danou (LAGFF Co-Founder).
The DOGTOOTH Effect

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Oscar nominated actress Annette Bening (left), presents Yorgos
Lanthimos (right), “Dogtooth”, with a certifcate of nomination for
the 83rd Academy Awards at a Foreign Language Film Award
reception held in the Grand Lobby of the Samuel Goldwyn
Theater in Beverly Hills, CA on Friday February 25, 2011.
Academy Awards for outstanding flm achievements of 2010 will
be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre
at Hollywood & Highland Center, CA.
photo credit: Matt Petit/©A.M.P.A.S.®
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The DOGTOOTH Effect

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T
he heart is your most important organ. It keeps the blood moving
through your body and helps your body to run effciently and
smoothly. The heart controls the supply of oxygenated blood and
the elimination of carbon dioxide. If your heart is not functioning properly
the health of your whole body is in jeopardy. Having a healthy heart is
imperative to having a happy and healthy life.
Keeping your Heart Healthy
One of the best things you can do for your heart is to maintain a proper
diet. The foods we eat have a huge affect on our hearts health. I highly
recommend eating fresh vegetables (green veggies are best), fresh fruits,
heart healthy whole grains and raw almonds and nuts. Fish such as salmon
is another heart healthy food that contains omega-3. Soy protein has
been found to be heart healthy and is said to help prevent cardiovascular
disease. Other recommendations that are said to be good for the heart
include green tea, dark chocolate and berries.
Positivity = A Happy Heart
Another way to keep your heart healthy is to have a positive outlook on
life. If you have a healthy physiological system in place it will go a long way
in ensuring that you have a healthy heart. One way to do this is to make a
habit of doing things you love to do and doing them on a regular basis.
exercise Leads to A Healthy Heart
Regular exercise is a great way to keep your heart healthy. Exercise helps
to get your circulation going and increase your metabolism. If you are not
accustomed to exercising start off easy and slowly increase it. You don’t
want to overdo it and injure yourself so pace yourself.
Taking a nice walk is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature while giving
your heart some good exercise. A good walk will invigorate your body and
help you to feel energized and confdant. I take my 9-month old Boxer
puppies, Rocky & Balboa, for a brisk walk daily, which is great for all three
of us!
Exercise of any kind that gets your heart rate going will be benefcial. Find
something you enjoy doing. The key to success is consistency and routine.
Make it fun and keep it going!
Getting To
The Heart
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BY SHARON SPYRS
Personal Trainer Sharon Spyrs with her nine-month old
Boxers, Rocky & Balboa.
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tatements such as these have caused friends to wonder just what
books my students were using to study English. The universal
language of love often crosses cultural boundaries with results both
comedic and tragic. We must keep in mind that Valentine’s Day isn’t an
occasion for kisses, hearts, roses, declarations of love and promises in every
country.
The terms “dating” and “mating” in my title can be understood both
literally and fguratively. Cross-cultural relationships are frequently formed
“out of context” on vacations and in structured environments such as study
abroad programs. People meet far from home in relative isolation and
romance fourishes.
Love for a new country and its language and culture may spill over
to its inhabitants and vice versa. Ruba Nadda’s 2009 flm CAIRO
TIME wistfully portrays the sort of intimacy that can develop in an exotic
environment between strangers who are unexpectedly thrown together by
circumstances beyond their control.
While the “dating” phase can be quite delightful, “mating” may not occur
in many instances owing to interference from one or both native cultures.
These unions may end abruptly when reality hits from the rest of the “family.”
Often we fnd that norms in American culture are considered immoral or
even illegal in other countries. My observations are based mainly upon my
experience with Middle Eastern, Asian, Mediterranean, Eastern European
and Russian individuals and nations.
I have had productive cross-cultural business connections severed
practically overnight for similar reasons. The individuals in question were
perhaps atypically open-minded about collaborating with Americans.
However, they opted to deal with members of their own culture instead of
me when hard choices had to be made.
These situations can be very trying when one has invested substantial
amounts of time and money in cultivating the business relationship. They
require great maturity and patience to mend if indeed this is possible at all.
American women may not realize how well protected they are until
they work for international employers. The sort of fraternization and sexual
harassment for which we theoretically have zero tolerance in the USA are
unfortunately all too common elsewhere. In such cases employees should
rigorously assert their rights regarding universal professional standards.
Sexual assault often occurs as a result of misunderstandings and mixed
signals generally. Linguistic and cultural barriers can magnify these diffculties
considerably.
People who live and work across cultures are therefore advised to be
extra cautious about contacts with the opposite sex and to become familiar
with local norms. Etiquette concerned with embracing and kissing, making
eye contact, and touching varies signifcantly from country to country.

As a rule it is best for women to refrain from meeting or riding with men
alone in unfamiliar settings even on public transportation such as taxis. Self-
defense training is especially desirable for locations where native language
profciency is low.
None of this evokes a rosy Valentine’s Day view of human affairs.
However, I have always believed that truth goes hand in hand with love.
Nothing fulflls us like the right relationships with the right people.
Loving oneself enough to be honest with others and insist upon what is
right anywhere in the world is truly a kindness to all concerned.
While the “dating” phase can be
quite delightful, “mating” may not
occur in many instances owing to
interference from one or both native
cultures. These unions may end
abruptly when reality hits from the
rest of the “family.
Cross-Cultural relations:
Dating Versus mating

By LAurA WILHELm
“I look at you and I love this country.”
“If I said hello to you in Korea, would your husband kill me??”
“I stopped drinking to watch a beautiful woman!!”
“It is impossible to fall in love and stop smoking at the same time.”
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BY JENNY WORTH
The Four Seaons Resort, Punta Mita...
A Mexican Sanctuary Bathed In
Unsurpassed Splendor and Enchantment
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T
he Four Seasons Punta Mita sits like an ocean
oasis at the base of a lush jungle blanketed
with plant life in every hue of green. This Four
Seasons resort is in a word, perfect. And it’s not a
word I use loosely, if ever. This celebrity hide-away is
as impressive as its 2,718-acre shoreline. It is fringed
with over nine miles of pristine white sand dotted with
jagged lava rock formations. Located on the northern
tip of the Bahia de Bandera, one of the largest bays
in the world, the resort is nestled within the middle
of a spectacular 1500-acre nature reserve. Adding
to the community’s unspoiled beauty are the jungle
peaks that decorate the Sierra Madre Mountains in
the background. And while the jungle is huge and
mystifying, every resort guest develops an intimate
understanding of its exquisiteness as they travel along
the perfectly paved road that leads to the ultra-private
resort. If you travel there during the summer’s tropical
rainy season, between June and October, the jungle
will be even more abundant with fourishing plants and
tropical fowers unique to the region. The rain typically
stops in the early morning offering guests a sunny,
warm day after the occasional awesome thunderstorm
debuts late at night.
With two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, acres
of private beach, challenging surf spots, tropical
atmosphere, decadent dining and an ultra-attentive
staff, the Four Seasons Punta Mita attracts the
most seasoned of luxury travelers worldwide. From
the moment you arrive, luxurious vacationing begins.
I traveled to the resort in August to discover for
myself why it is considered one of the most coveted
destinations in Mexico. The reasons are as broad as
the smiles on the faces of the cheerful resort hosts who
greet guests immediately upon arrival. Before even
stepping out of the car, the welcome crew provided me
with cool-wraps and water- a service I soon discovered
is just one of many norms at this resort. Within seconds,
my luggage was whisked away by a smiling man named
Juan who declared he would be my resort ‘go-to’ guy
for anything I needed. The lobby area welcomed me
with its large and open pillared arches offering glorious
views of the grounds and ocean. The word ‘relax’
seemed to whisper in the air as my eyes followed the
expansive palmed palapas and fowering trees adorning
the entire resort. Since I was in Mexico, I immediately
acquired the no-rush or ‘manana-mentality’ customary
among natives and envied by Americans. Naturally, it
was the ideal time to enjoy a fresh strawberry margarita
in the lobby; soon all lingering Los Angeles traffc
congestion frustrations disappeared.
While I immersed myself in my new leisure-land, Juan
waited nearby until I was ready to hop into one of the
resort’s many golf-carts to take me to my villa. Along
the way I was given an enthusiastic explanation of the
resort’s amenities and charms. But nothing compared
to the spectacular ocean-front villa itself. Indeed, I
quickly embraced the concept of “mi casa es su casa”
as I gazed out at my private patio with incredible views
of the smashing surf and private cliff alcoves. It also
boasted an oversized infnity whirlpool, plush lounge
chairs and a swaying hammock ideal for observing the
iguanas basking in the sun. The interior of the villa was
equally impressive with a spacious living room, master
bedroom, two bathrooms, loaded bar, state-of-the-art
entertainment system and wireless Internet.
That afternoon I set out to explore the resort’s massive
and meticulous grounds. I headed off to the ocean
front ‘Cuevas Beach’ to fnd clusters of private lazy
day-beds on stilts with fowing white curtains on each
side. Adding to the beauty is the tall cliff that protrudes
out from the shore aptly referred to as The Rock. With
waves splashing off its edges, The Rock offers an ideal
romantic setting for dinners, receptions or a morning
yoga session. In fact, later that night as I dined at the
beachfront restaurant Bahia, I found out The Rock
also serves as a unique place for wedding proposals.
It seemed a bit invasive, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off
the torch fames that surrounded a private dinner table
on The Rock where a man popped the big question
(she said yes.) Bahia is a contemporary restaurant and
bar set amongst the huge manzanilla trees that line Las
Cuevas beach. The relaxed vibe of the grill makes
enjoying a majestic sunset from your table even more
divine. The menu offers a large selection of fresh fsh
and meat. And three times a week during the “catch
of the day” program, guests have the option to choose
their evening’s seafood entrée from a variety of fresh
seafood caught that morning on a local fshing boat.
The next evening I headed off to Aramara restaurant,
famous for its exquisite Asian cuisine and fresh sushi,
which magically combines tastes from the Far East
and Mexico. Aramara offers both indoor and outdoor
seating within a striking Zen-like interior. The spacious
outdoor veranda bar doubles as the resort’s nightlife
locale with live music fve nights a week. Every exotic
drink and Cuban cigar you can think of is offered in
this upscale bar, including the best tequila known to
margaritas. To soothe the following day’s hangover,
I visited the Apuane Spa for my specialty Punta
Mita massage. Si senor, it’s an all-over massage that
uses tequila (more?..uh-oh), indigenous sage oil and
Mexican healing techniques to soothe the body, mind,
and hangover. The spa also offers a full-service hair
and nail salon, and beach-side or in-room massages.
The massage left me so rejuvenated and relaxed that
the only feasible thing to do afterward was to jump on
a raft and enjoy a leisurely ride down the Lazy River.
This relaxing river fows with a gentle current and is
a resort favorite among families with young children.
However, if you’re trying to stay clear of kids, or to have
a day off from your own, there are baby-sitters right on
site! In fact, the resort offers an entire children’s play
room with trained staff members to entertain and care
for your youngsters.
There is also an adult-only pool, bar and cabana area
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called the Tamai Complex. This ultra-luxurious area offers two main pools, whirlpool,
and poolside cabanas with pillow strewn daybeds. I quickly got comfy in my poolside
cabana complete with an impressive entertainment system, wireless Internet and a
huge selection of DVDs for an afternoon movie. The cabana’s stacked refrigerator,
large selection of fresh fruit, and friendly service from the restaurant staff didn’t hurt
either. At the recommendation of my server, I enjoyed a hand delivered sushi lunch.
And instead of dessert, I opted for a back massage under the pool’s waterfall. And
just when I was convinced it couldn’t get any better, a masseuse from the spa appeared
to offer everyone a complimentary mini-foot massage. This is of course in addition
to the cool wraps and cold water offered to guests continuously throughout the day.
It’s a tough life in the Tamai Complex. Indeed, so ‘tough’ that the guilt of mastering
the art of self-indulgence got the better of me… it was time to exercise. With that in
mind, I walked (no golf cart ride this time) over to the main pool to participate in the
water aerobics class. It was led by an athletic woman who looked at my knowingly, yet
frmly handed me pool weights and turned up the energizing disco music for an hour
of ‘pool boot-camp.’ After the bittersweet session, I retired to my room feeling quite
guiltless and rejuvenated.
Perfection suggests there’s nothing left to desire. And at one point it occurred to
me that when everything you could possibly desire is at your fngertips, you’re left
to actually wonder if there is really anything else that could provide even more
perfection. In a quest to fgure this out, I sauntered off to the beach and asked the
waves for insight. I found it didn’t take long for them to answer. For within moments
a smiling man came up from the shore with complimentary Haagen-Dazs ice cream
selections. Chocolate or vanilla? Decisions, decisions! Alas, yes, I suppose there is
a way to put a cherry on top of ‘complete perfection.’
There’s virtually no reason to leave a resort that defnes nirvana. Undoubtedly, that’s
one reason huge celebrities such as Britney Spears and couple Tori Spelling and
Matt Dermott from Home Sweet Hollywood escape off to Punta Mita when in need
of a safe refuge. It offers a retreat from everyday demands along with as much privacy
each guest requires. The Coral Suite housed Britney Spears and her family a few
years ago. It’s a remarkable private residence where celebrities can literally disappear
from the public eye. No expense was spared when creating this haven which is
separate from the resort’s other guest rooms and facilities. It’s nestled securely behind
a huge walled-in gate accessible from a private street made exclusively for the suite.
It also has 24-hour guards along with its own stunning private ocean front beach and
large infnity pool that extends along its edifce.
Should a celebrity or guest desire some activities off the premises, the resort’s
bilingual concierge can arrange all the details. One popular activity is an excursion
on the 55-foot yacht which guests may charter privately on a daily basis. The Italian-
built ship beckons many guests to explore the beautiful Pacifc Ocean coastline,
seasonal whale watching and the enchanting islands near the property. Also available
for ocean-loving guests is sailing, coral-reef snorkeling and deep sea fshing. And
for those who prefer to stay on dry ground, there are guided hikes, historical tours,
beach walks and tennis clinics. Within the resort you’ll also fnd great shopping, four
restaurants, a ftness center, 24-hour business center, running trails, 24-hour on-site
doctor or nurse and other daily special activities.
Safety and seclusion is paramount in this resort. In fact, I certainly felt more protected
within this sanctuary’s grounds than anywhere in Los Angeles. The irony remains that
while the media screams that Mexico isn’t safe for travel, I was foating atop a little raft
down the Lazy River sipping my pina colada, along with many other happy families.
Cities such as Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita have had no violent instances and
remain a safe haven in this beautiful region. With that in mind, make your reservations,
pack your bags, get out your passport and bid your normal life adios!!
The Four Seasons Punta Mita is 40 miles from Puerto Vallarta; it’s about a one-
hour drive to the resort from the airport. For more information visit http://www.
fourseasons.com/puntamita/ To call from America or Canada: (800)-819-5053.
To call directly: 52-(329)-291-6000
G
reetings to all and its time for Doc Heard’s “Let’s get Motivated Segment”.
I start this journey in beautiful downtown San Antonio, Texas enjoying the
likes of the River Walk and the wonderful service of the Holiday Inn’s River
Walk GM, Emily Everling who gave me the Celebrity Treatment during my stay.
She displayed excellent quality’s to ad to my let’s get motivated segment in this issue.
Emily wasn’t the only individual who extended me the star treatment in which I was
also privileged to receive from Downtown San Antonio’s Manager, Oscar Soliz of
the great restaurant Iron Cactus. He extended me a true “Star Status” welcome and
the food was to die for as well as the amazing ambiance in which I truly recommend
all of you to visit.
Now it is time for us to challenge ourselves to accomplish our personal goals for a new
beginning in 2011 where we all can win! I’m sure we all enjoyed celebrating February’s
Black History Month so now it’s time to make some serious history of our own. There
is no time for looking back and feeling sorry for ourselves because it is now time for us
to get motivated. In my opinion getting motivated is an internal process that requires
one to believe in the unbelievable fact that they can conquer whatever vision that
comes to mind.
Yes, Doc Heard is at it again making and setting goals for himself to repeat what
he has done before in the past and I would like for you to join me in this chapter of
“Let’s get motivated”. In the year of 1999 I am proud to say that I lost 102 pounds.
Although I admit that I gained some of the weight back, I have set a new goal to lose
50 pounds for motivation to all my Star’s, Celebrities and VIP’S of today’s world.
This task of getting motivated is no joke and we will all have to sacrifce things that
we hold on to for dear life. Its time for us to block out the negative critics, comments
and vibes that have come to contaminate our mind, body and soul. A good example
is L.A. Lakers Star Status Guard “Kobe Bryant”. Bryant displayed a great way to
get started on getting motivated in the 2011 NBA All-star Game by winning his 4th
MVP. He made history in the NBA sharing honors with the great Bob Pettit and
Labron James thus lighting an inferno fre under his East Team by making a come
back. The history he made topped the NBA’s best of Triple Double’s and also joined
the list with the likes of Super Star Michael Jordan. Let’s all get fred up on their
performance by taking our games to a new level!
One of the best tactics that can be used during the journey of getting motivated is
focusing on others accomplishments and using their success as a positive pathway for
Self Confdence to achieve the sometimes impossible goals ahead. The December
2010 edition included my mission statement and it states “I am a frm believer
that everyone is a VIP. Life is a journey full of creative possibilities and positive
motivation is my mission possible and that is why I offer my gift from God. This will
help individuals acquire that mountain top vision and the results for it is to achieve the
experience of that “mountain top moment”. This very moment you should be excited
because that mission statement is one of Darwin’s Creative Strategies also referred
to in past editions.
This is the perfect time to set new goals and go for the gold. Do not allow anything
to get in your way especially yourself because we can be our biggest enemy at times.
Obstacles are placed in many places but the obstacles of our own mind are the worst
to encounter so get strong and continue to hold on. I spent many years of my life
trying to fgure out why people continued to throw the road blocks ahead of me and
one day I realized that a lot of the negativity was planted in my mind but now I can see
very clearly that the sky is truly the limit and we all can reach it, so please give it all you
got. In the year 2011 Doc Heard invites all the Star’s, Celebrities & VIP’S to read
this column as well as look back on past editions. If you really want to reach your best
days when it refers to motivation you may consider hiring me as your personal, family,
crews and for all events Motivational Consultant. Its time for a change that you will
never forget so “Let’s Get Motivated” People.
To all my Star’s, Celebrities and VIP’S of today’s world, I leave you with one of
“Darwin’s Creative Strategies” poems. I ask that you take a journey back in time to
see where it all originated from in the July 2010 edition. So let’s get motivated and
pumped up for next month’s column entitled: Integrity A Lost Art.
Strength for tomorrow
Though we all have been through Trial’s, Tribulation’s and
diffcult situations.
We will never give up on Life’s Invitation because we have
struggled, strived, scrapped, scratched and slid through
impossible complications.
We hold strong to God’s Power and Strength to Acquire the
Most Wanted Dream “Success “within it’s own ramifcations.
Speaking Above The Star’s
(The Voice of Reasoning)
Let’s Get
Motivated
Written By: Darwin Heard Columnist for the
Hollywood Weekly Magazine. Beverly Hills, CA
Email: dheard@heardconsulting.com
Phone: 312- 933-6635
Please direct all letters to:
Heard Consulting Group
PO Box 11353
Chicago, IL 60611
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G
reetings to all and its time for Doc Heard’s “Let’s get Motivated Segment”.
I start this journey in beautiful downtown San Antonio, Texas enjoying the
likes of the River Walk and the wonderful service of the Holiday Inn’s River
Walk GM, Emily Everling who gave me the Celebrity Treatment during my stay.
She displayed excellent quality’s to ad to my let’s get motivated segment in this issue.
Emily wasn’t the only individual who extended me the star treatment in which I was
also privileged to receive from Downtown San Antonio’s Manager, Oscar Soliz of
the great restaurant Iron Cactus. He extended me a true “Star Status” welcome and
the food was to die for as well as the amazing ambiance in which I truly recommend
all of you to visit.
Now it is time for us to challenge ourselves to accomplish our personal goals for a new
beginning in 2011 where we all can win! I’m sure we all enjoyed celebrating February’s
Black History Month so now it’s time to make some serious history of our own. There
is no time for looking back and feeling sorry for ourselves because it is now time for us
to get motivated. In my opinion getting motivated is an internal process that requires
one to believe in the unbelievable fact that they can conquer whatever vision that
comes to mind.
Yes, Doc Heard is at it again making and setting goals for himself to repeat what
he has done before in the past and I would like for you to join me in this chapter of
“Let’s get motivated”. In the year of 1999 I am proud to say that I lost 102 pounds.
Although I admit that I gained some of the weight back, I have set a new goal to lose
50 pounds for motivation to all my Star’s, Celebrities and VIP’S of today’s world.
This task of getting motivated is no joke and we will all have to sacrifce things that
we hold on to for dear life. Its time for us to block out the negative critics, comments
and vibes that have come to contaminate our mind, body and soul. A good example
is L.A. Lakers Star Status Guard “Kobe Bryant”. Bryant displayed a great way to
get started on getting motivated in the 2011 NBA All-star Game by winning his 4th
MVP. He made history in the NBA sharing honors with the great Bob Pettit and
Labron James thus lighting an inferno fre under his East Team by making a come
back. The history he made topped the NBA’s best of Triple Double’s and also joined
the list with the likes of Super Star Michael Jordan. Let’s all get fred up on their
performance by taking our games to a new level!
One of the best tactics that can be used during the journey of getting motivated is
focusing on others accomplishments and using their success as a positive pathway for
Self Confdence to achieve the sometimes impossible goals ahead. The December
2010 edition included my mission statement and it states “I am a frm believer
that everyone is a VIP. Life is a journey full of creative possibilities and positive
motivation is my mission possible and that is why I offer my gift from God. This will
help individuals acquire that mountain top vision and the results for it is to achieve the
experience of that “mountain top moment”. This very moment you should be excited
because that mission statement is one of Darwin’s Creative Strategies also referred
to in past editions.
This is the perfect time to set new goals and go for the gold. Do not allow anything
to get in your way especially yourself because we can be our biggest enemy at times.
Obstacles are placed in many places but the obstacles of our own mind are the worst
to encounter so get strong and continue to hold on. I spent many years of my life
trying to fgure out why people continued to throw the road blocks ahead of me and
one day I realized that a lot of the negativity was planted in my mind but now I can see
very clearly that the sky is truly the limit and we all can reach it, so please give it all you
got. In the year 2011 Doc Heard invites all the Star’s, Celebrities & VIP’S to read
this column as well as look back on past editions. If you really want to reach your best
days when it refers to motivation you may consider hiring me as your personal, family,
crews and for all events Motivational Consultant. Its time for a change that you will
never forget so “Let’s Get Motivated” People.
To all my Star’s, Celebrities and VIP’S of today’s world, I leave you with one of
“Darwin’s Creative Strategies” poems. I ask that you take a journey back in time to
see where it all originated from in the July 2010 edition. So let’s get motivated and
pumped up for next month’s column entitled: Integrity A Lost Art.
Strength for tomorrow
Though we all have been through Trial’s, Tribulation’s and
diffcult situations.
We will never give up on Life’s Invitation because we have
struggled, strived, scrapped, scratched and slid through
impossible complications.
We hold strong to God’s Power and Strength to Acquire the
Most Wanted Dream “Success “within it’s own ramifcations.
Speaking Above The Star’s
(The Voice of Reasoning)
Let’s Get
Motivated
Written By: Darwin Heard Columnist for the
Hollywood Weekly Magazine. Beverly Hills, CA
Email: dheard@heardconsulting.com
Phone: 312- 933-6635
Please direct all letters to:
Heard Consulting Group
PO Box 11353
Chicago, IL 60611
BY DARWIN HEARD
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Hollywood’s
Pampered Pooches!
BY JENNY WERTH
Hollywood Weekly takes a look into a
pet salon where Hollywood hounds are
handled by a celebrity groomer.
Pineda’ with Domino.
A
sparkling clean toy poodle named Domino modeled his brand new cut
and spiffy groom on Hollywood’s famed Franklin Avenue a few days ago.
Fashionable restaurant patrons and mid-day coffee sippers were quick to
stop Domino for a quick pet or to hand him a tasty treat. Clearly Domino didn’t
mind, with his tail wagging and tongue hanging out of his mouth after his four-hour
salon session, he seemed happy to relish in his new found stardom. Domino’s proud
‘mom,’ Romaine Cecilia, only trusts her six pound, six-year-old male toy poodle with
the groomers at Tailwashers in hip Hollywood. “Only the best for my baby,” Romaine
says. Luckily, it’s a ‘best’ that awaits all the dogs who fnd themselves in the hands of
celebrity groomer Huber Pineda.
Huber was chosen as Animal Planet channel’s ‘best groomer’ out of more than
four-thousand applicants in 2009. It was a tough contest, but he came out the winner
for his killer cuts and exceptionally styled grooms. But, despite this incredible honor
and following star-status, he’s an incredibly down-to-earth man who says “I’m just an
ordinary man living an extraordinary experience.” He’s often booked for many weeks
in advance as Hollywood residents clamor to get their dogs into his busy schedule. He
has to stay mum about whose celebrity dogs frequent the salon; he’s not one to tip off
the paparazzi (refreshing, indeed). But, thanks to his amazing grooming capabilities
and equal service extended to all his customers, we see tons of pampered pooches
splendidly cruising the streets of Hollywood everyday. Dare we say that sometimes
it even seems these pooches are better cared for than their owners? It could be….
but Pineda certainly doesn’t take all the credit for beautifully styled dogs himself. He
assures everyone that all the groomers and assistants in the eco-friendly full grooming
salon and self-wash facility are exceptional. The popular pet salon opened in 2003,
is the brain child of owner Todd Warner. Pineda says Warner’s vision for the salon
created something remarkable for dogs (and of course, their owners).
“All our groomers here are trained to the same standard. We do have the best
groomers in Los Angeles. That’s a fact,” Pineda explains. “Our high-quality products
are what set us apart.” The staff only uses natural and organic shampoos and
products such as the brightening shampoo by Nature’s Specialties. Pineda explains
that this shampoo is a great whitening shampoo that removes stains and doesn’t
irritate a dog’s eyes. There are many other holistic treatments available such as the
blueberry facial which cleans and brightens a dog’s coat and the coconut wash which
is a safe alternative to oatmeal for dogs with grain allergies. Who knew dogs had
grain allergies? At this salon all dogs (that are even-tempered) are cut with scissors
as well as hand dried and hand fuffed. And here’s another star-studded achievement
exclusive to this Hollywood pooch palace- it was chosen as the exclusive supplier for
the Los Angeles Police Department K9 unit.
Long time Hollywood resident and salon customer, Sherri says, “(The salon
staff) are the world’s best groomers. They’re nice, terrifc and wonderful. It’s just a
great experience.” Indeed, all it took was one glance at Sherri’s just-groomed standard
poodle, Max, to know she’s a secure source. It turns out that the six-year-old former
show dog now works as a service dog by visiting patients at Cedars-Sinai hospital.
For Pineda, Max is his friend. Add an incredible groom to Max’s friendly manner
and you’ve got one more star-studded pooch.
For Pineda it’s a true honor to have so many of Hollywood’s hounds entrusted to
his care. “We know and understand that these are people’s babies. They are getting
the dignity and respect they deserve,” Pineda explains. “We respect the fact that
they’re being loved by a human.”
Indeed Pineda has an impressive work ethic and a tender heart towards all
animals. He said a pet owner is not simply an owner, but rather, a guardian. Naturally,
all the true animal-lovers out there would agree.
Tailwashers’ grooming prices vary with breed and style. But all grooms include
a consultation, hydrotherapy bath with brightening shampoo, brush out, nail trim, ear
cleaning, anal glands expressed, hand blow dry and styling, and a detailed report card
on each pet’s grooming, dental and overall health. There are also self-wash stations
where clients are provided with the tub, apron, shampoos, towels, dryer and treats.
Prices range from $14 for small dogs to $20 for extra large pooches. In addition
there are self-wash packages and we-wash services. And if you’re too busy to make
it over to them, they will come to you in their mobile ‘Tailwaggins.’ The Tailwaggins’
van is completely self-contained and happy to groom your pet anywhere suitable
for you. Keep your eye out for pet adoption dates. Tailwaggers is located at 1929
North Bronson Avenue in Hollywood. Visit www.tailwaggerspets.com for their on-
line store and more information. Hollywood Weekly loves our pampered pooches!
Please always treat animals with respect and remember they deserve our love and
consideration.
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Max, one Pineda’s favorite customers
Pineda’ with Domino.
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LA THEATRE BEAT
BY STEVE ZALL AND SID FISH
“re-Animator” tells the story of a brilliant young
medical student who has created a glowing green
serum that can bring the dead back to life. What
should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous
monstrosities and ghastly consequences, and his
quest for fresh subjects results in the murders of half
the faculty of the medical school. Book by Dennis
Paoli, Stuart Gordon and William J. Norris, music
and lyrics by Mark Nutter, adapted from the story
by H.P. Lovecraft, and directed by Stuart Gordon, it
runs through March 27 at the Steve Allen Theater in
Hollywood. For tickets call 800-595-4849 or visit
www.steveallentheater.com.
“The Birthday Boys” Set in 2006 Iraq, this is a gritty
and terrifying dark comedy that tracks three United
States Marines who have been taken hostage, bound,
and blindfolded, as they do whatever is necessary
to keep their sanity, and stay alive. Written by Aaron
Kozak and directed by Jacob Smith, it runs through
March 27 at the NoHo Stages in North Hollywood.
For tickets call 818-849-4039 or visit www.
theatreunleashed.com.
“Till death do us Part: Late nite catechism
3” Sister Maripat Donovan is now offering up her
hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and
Last Rites, including her own wacky version of “The
Newlywed Game.” Each performance is unique
and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.
Written by Maripat Donovan with Marc Silvia and
directed by Marc Silvia, it runs through April 3 at the
Carrie Hamilton Theatre in the Pasadena Playhouse
in Pasadena. For tickets call 626-921-1159 or visit
www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.
“A house not Meant to Stand” Cornelius and
Bella McCorkle have returned home late at night
from the funeral of one of their sons. Cornelius
investigates some noises he hears upstairs, and
discovers their other son, Charlie, having sex with
his new girlfriend. While Charlie tries to comfort
Bella, Cornelius frantically searches for some money
which he believes Bella has stashed away, and soon
a secret is revealed that changes everything. Written
by Tennessee Williams and directed by Simon Levy,
it runs through April 17 at The Fountain Theatre in
Los Angeles. For tickets call 323-663-1525 or visit
www.FountainTheatre.com.
“Broken Glass” In 1938 Brooklyn, Sylvia is obsessively
following news accounts of events in Nazi Germany
until she suddenly becomes mysteriously paralyzed.
Her Jewish husband is regarded at work with
increasing suspicion, and although he deeply loves
his wife, they have never had sex, but Sylvia’s married
physician fnally breaks through her paralysis by
reacquainting her with her own sensuality. Written by
Arthur Miller and directed by Elina de Santos, it runs
through April 17 at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles.
For tickets call 323-821-2449.
It may not feel much like it yet, but Spring has fnally sprung, and hopefully the climate
will soon follow suit – but while we wait for fairer skies why not check out the fresh
bouquet of shows blossoming forth at our local venues this month, including:
“our Town” Set in a small New Hampshire town in
the early 1900’s, it’s a simpler time when people live
their whole lives in the place they were born and
everyone knows everyone else. Two neighbors grow
up together, fall in love, and complain about things
they don’t have without ever stopping to appreciate
the things they do have. Written by Thornton Wilder
and directed by Sabina Ptasznik, it runs March 11
through April 16 at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in
Sierra Madre. For tickets call 626-355-4318 or visit
www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.
“Trio” Music, passion, madness, and one woman’s
fght for her right to a career, are explored in this
romantic comedy about the intense relationship
between Robert Schumann and his wife Clara, and 21-
year-old Johannes Brahms. Written by Israela Margalit
and directed by Rick Sparks, it runs March 12 through
April 10 at the Lounge 2 Theatre in Hollywood. For
tickets call 323-960-4412 or visit www.plays411.
com/trio.
“Wish I had a Sylvia Plath” is a critically acclaimed
comedy about tragedy as told through the character
of Esther Greenwood, Plath’s semi-autobiographical
heroin of The Bell Jar. It is a revealing and absurd
interpretation of the legendary poet’s life in the
moments before her death. Written by Edward
Anthony in directed by Matthew McCray, it runs
March 12 through April 17 at The Lounge Theatre in
Los Angeles. For tickets call 855-585-5185 or visit
www.roguemachinetheatre.com.
“Private Lives” Two divorcees unwittingly book
adjoining rooms while honeymooning with their
new spouses. They soon realize the folly of their new
marriages and escape together to Paris, only to be
caught days later by their jilted spouses. Written by
Noël Coward and directed by Andrew Barnicle, it runs
March 15 through April 10 at the Laguna Playhouse in
Laguna Beach. For tickets call 949-497-2787 or visit
www.LagunaPlayhouse.com.
“An Italian American Indian” A divorced writer with
three teenage kids and a stoner for a best buddy
believes he is being visited by chief Geronimo while
high on drugs, but gets worried when it keeps on
happening again and again. Is Geronimo trying
to save him from himself? Written and directed by
Angelo Masino, it runs March 18 through April 9 at
The 2nd Story Theatre in Hermosa Beach. For tickets
call 310-374-9767.
“Bonded” Sonny, Lily, and Jack, are the last remaining
slaves on a crumbling, cash-strapped Virginia farm
in 1820. When Asa, a “house boy” from New York, is
brought in to help in the felds, repressed desires and
memories of loss are unlocked, forcing Sonny and the
other slaves to face their bridled passions and test
the limits of the cruel world, as they know it. Written
by Donald Jolly and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera,
it runs March 18 through April 9 at the Los Angeles
Theatre Center in Los Angeles. For tickets call 866-
811-4111 or visit www.thelatc.org.
“Southern comforts” follows the development
of a December-December relationship between a
feisty widow and a crusty widower who fnd love
late in life. Written by Kathleen Clark and directed
by Jules Aaron, it runs March 18 through April
10 at the International City Theatre in the Long
Beach Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
For tickets call 562-436-4610 or visit www.
InternationalcityTheatre.org.
“The Weir” When a group of hard-drinking Irishmen
get together in a local pub on a stormy night, their
amazing yarns prove to be both funny and spine
tingling, until a mysterious young woman outdoes
them, spinning her own haunting story of love and
loss. Written by Conor McPherson and directed by
Warner Shook, it runs March 18 through April 3 on the
Julianne Argyros Stage at the South Coast Repertory
in Costa Mesa. For tickets call 714-708-5555 or visit
www.scr.org.
So, while plucking some four-leaf clovers and cooking
the corned beef and cabbage, be sure to set some
time aside to treat yourself, your friends, and family
to these wonderful delights our theatres are offering.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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LA THEATRE BEAT
BY STEVE ZALL AND SID FISH
“re-Animator” tells the story of a brilliant young
medical student who has created a glowing green
serum that can bring the dead back to life. What
should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous
monstrosities and ghastly consequences, and his
quest for fresh subjects results in the murders of half
the faculty of the medical school. Book by Dennis
Paoli, Stuart Gordon and William J. Norris, music
and lyrics by Mark Nutter, adapted from the story
by H.P. Lovecraft, and directed by Stuart Gordon, it
runs through March 27 at the Steve Allen Theater in
Hollywood. For tickets call 800-595-4849 or visit
www.steveallentheater.com.
“The Birthday Boys” Set in 2006 Iraq, this is a gritty
and terrifying dark comedy that tracks three United
States Marines who have been taken hostage, bound,
and blindfolded, as they do whatever is necessary
to keep their sanity, and stay alive. Written by Aaron
Kozak and directed by Jacob Smith, it runs through
March 27 at the NoHo Stages in North Hollywood.
For tickets call 818-849-4039 or visit www.
theatreunleashed.com.
“Till death do us Part: Late nite catechism
3” Sister Maripat Donovan is now offering up her
hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and
Last Rites, including her own wacky version of “The
Newlywed Game.” Each performance is unique
and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.
Written by Maripat Donovan with Marc Silvia and
directed by Marc Silvia, it runs through April 3 at the
Carrie Hamilton Theatre in the Pasadena Playhouse
in Pasadena. For tickets call 626-921-1159 or visit
www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.
“A house not Meant to Stand” Cornelius and
Bella McCorkle have returned home late at night
from the funeral of one of their sons. Cornelius
investigates some noises he hears upstairs, and
discovers their other son, Charlie, having sex with
his new girlfriend. While Charlie tries to comfort
Bella, Cornelius frantically searches for some money
which he believes Bella has stashed away, and soon
a secret is revealed that changes everything. Written
by Tennessee Williams and directed by Simon Levy,
it runs through April 17 at The Fountain Theatre in
Los Angeles. For tickets call 323-663-1525 or visit
www.FountainTheatre.com.
“Broken Glass” In 1938 Brooklyn, Sylvia is obsessively
following news accounts of events in Nazi Germany
until she suddenly becomes mysteriously paralyzed.
Her Jewish husband is regarded at work with
increasing suspicion, and although he deeply loves
his wife, they have never had sex, but Sylvia’s married
physician fnally breaks through her paralysis by
reacquainting her with her own sensuality. Written by
Arthur Miller and directed by Elina de Santos, it runs
through April 17 at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles.
For tickets call 323-821-2449.
It may not feel much like it yet, but Spring has fnally sprung, and hopefully the climate
will soon follow suit – but while we wait for fairer skies why not check out the fresh
bouquet of shows blossoming forth at our local venues this month, including:
“our Town” Set in a small New Hampshire town in
the early 1900’s, it’s a simpler time when people live
their whole lives in the place they were born and
everyone knows everyone else. Two neighbors grow
up together, fall in love, and complain about things
they don’t have without ever stopping to appreciate
the things they do have. Written by Thornton Wilder
and directed by Sabina Ptasznik, it runs March 11
through April 16 at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in
Sierra Madre. For tickets call 626-355-4318 or visit
www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.
“Trio” Music, passion, madness, and one woman’s
fght for her right to a career, are explored in this
romantic comedy about the intense relationship
between Robert Schumann and his wife Clara, and 21-
year-old Johannes Brahms. Written by Israela Margalit
and directed by Rick Sparks, it runs March 12 through
April 10 at the Lounge 2 Theatre in Hollywood. For
tickets call 323-960-4412 or visit www.plays411.
com/trio.
“Wish I had a Sylvia Plath” is a critically acclaimed
comedy about tragedy as told through the character
of Esther Greenwood, Plath’s semi-autobiographical
heroin of The Bell Jar. It is a revealing and absurd
interpretation of the legendary poet’s life in the
moments before her death. Written by Edward
Anthony in directed by Matthew McCray, it runs
March 12 through April 17 at The Lounge Theatre in
Los Angeles. For tickets call 855-585-5185 or visit
www.roguemachinetheatre.com.
“Private Lives” Two divorcees unwittingly book
adjoining rooms while honeymooning with their
new spouses. They soon realize the folly of their new
marriages and escape together to Paris, only to be
caught days later by their jilted spouses. Written by
Noël Coward and directed by Andrew Barnicle, it runs
March 15 through April 10 at the Laguna Playhouse in
Laguna Beach. For tickets call 949-497-2787 or visit
www.LagunaPlayhouse.com.
“An Italian American Indian” A divorced writer with
three teenage kids and a stoner for a best buddy
believes he is being visited by chief Geronimo while
high on drugs, but gets worried when it keeps on
happening again and again. Is Geronimo trying
to save him from himself? Written and directed by
Angelo Masino, it runs March 18 through April 9 at
The 2nd Story Theatre in Hermosa Beach. For tickets
call 310-374-9767.
“Bonded” Sonny, Lily, and Jack, are the last remaining
slaves on a crumbling, cash-strapped Virginia farm
in 1820. When Asa, a “house boy” from New York, is
brought in to help in the felds, repressed desires and
memories of loss are unlocked, forcing Sonny and the
other slaves to face their bridled passions and test
the limits of the cruel world, as they know it. Written
by Donald Jolly and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera,
it runs March 18 through April 9 at the Los Angeles
Theatre Center in Los Angeles. For tickets call 866-
811-4111 or visit www.thelatc.org.
“Southern comforts” follows the development
of a December-December relationship between a
feisty widow and a crusty widower who fnd love
late in life. Written by Kathleen Clark and directed
by Jules Aaron, it runs March 18 through April
10 at the International City Theatre in the Long
Beach Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
For tickets call 562-436-4610 or visit www.
InternationalcityTheatre.org.
“The Weir” When a group of hard-drinking Irishmen
get together in a local pub on a stormy night, their
amazing yarns prove to be both funny and spine
tingling, until a mysterious young woman outdoes
them, spinning her own haunting story of love and
loss. Written by Conor McPherson and directed by
Warner Shook, it runs March 18 through April 3 on the
Julianne Argyros Stage at the South Coast Repertory
in Costa Mesa. For tickets call 714-708-5555 or visit
www.scr.org.
So, while plucking some four-leaf clovers and cooking
the corned beef and cabbage, be sure to set some
time aside to treat yourself, your friends, and family
to these wonderful delights our theatres are offering.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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